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Tuesday, 01 September 2009

Calls for Namibia not to sign interim-EPA

A number of Namibian civil society organisations, as well as the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), have supported the government’s decision not to sign the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EPA) with the European Union, amid concerns that it caused discord among Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) member States. “The calls from Namibian civil society organisations and the NCCI for the government not to sign the interim agreement at this stage hold more than merit,” said Namibian independent trade policy analyst Wallie Roux in an article in the Namibia-based newspaper New Era. Roux noted the complex history of the negotiations surrounding the EPAs and I-EPAs, as well as Namibia’s Trade and Industry Minister Dr Hage Geingob who explained that reluctance to sign the EPAs on the basis that, in their current form, the EPAs directly affected the country’s future South-South trade and cooperation, as well as its regional integration efforts.
Source: Engineering News